Morrison Hershfield

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Morrison Hershfield
Industry Engineering/ Consulting
Founded 1946
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Anthony Karakatsanis (President and CEO)
Products Multidisciplinary engineering services and related expertise
Number of employees
700+ (2011)[1]

Morrison Hershfield is an employee-owned professional services firm providing engineering and management consulting services in the areas of energy and industrial, buildings, technology and telecom, transportation, environment, water and wastewater, and land development. The firm has delivered vertical and horizontal infrastructure projects from 16 offices across North America.[2]

Hibernia Gravity Base Structure while it was under construction.


Morrison Hershfield was established in 1946 in Toronto, Ontario when Carson Morrison, Charles Hershfield, Joe Millman and Mark Huggins responded to needs of the post-war building boom by forming a partnership offering civil, structural and mechanical engineering services. Since that time Morrison Hershfield has merged with Rolf Jensen and Associates; Maunder Britnell Inc.; Maxim Engineering; Mitchell, Pound and Braddock Ltd., Ruys & Company, Suncord Engineering Ltd., Jeffers Engineering Associates and Structural Design Inc. Morrison Hershfield is a minority equity partner in Sikon Inc.[1]

Carson Morrison was considered to be a touchstone for professional ethics and morality in engineering and authored the book "Professional Engineering Practice: Ethical Aspects".[3]


Morrison Hershfield has interests in the following fields but is not limited to building services engineering, civil engineering, code consulting, construction management, electrical engineering, environmental science, fire protection engineering, hydraulic engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, project management, structural engineering, sustainable design, telecommunications engineering and transportation engineering.

Notable projects[edit]

Ontario Highway 33 roundabout near completion.
  • The Hibernia Gravity Base Structure - An oil platform off the coast of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Morrison Hershfield was retained to assist in the development of a structural solution with adequate strength which was also constructible. Hibernia was the first Gravity Base Structure ever designed to withstand iceberg impact. (Completed in 1997)[4]
  • The Alberta SuperNet - Provided engineering and management services for a high speed performance network connecting 429 communities across Alberta, Canada. High bandwidth (OC3) microwave radio was used for a 121 km wireless link to a remote community. The link was believed at the time of construction to be the longest of its kind in the world. (Completed in 2005)[5]
  • The Richmond Olympic Oval - As Building Envelope consultants for this facility, one of Morrison Hershfield's roles was the use of inventive cladding materials. They used polycarbonate cladding (similar to a translucent plastic) to cover very large wall areas. Traditional materials such as curtain wall, metal siding and composite metal cladding were also used. (Completed in 2008)[6]
  • Ontario Highway 33 - Provided detail design for the realignment and reconfiguration of the existing intersection at Highway 33 and Country Road 1 in Ontario, Canada into a single lane roundabout with a central island and truck apron. (Completed in 2009)[7]
  • The Vancouver Convention Centre - Building envelope consultants for this LEED Platinum project. Morrison Hershfield was a key partner to ensuring quality assurance and conducting enhanced field review during construction of all building envelope components including innovative curtain wall glazing and green roof. (Completed in 2009)[8]
  • The Simcoe Street Tunnel - A $40 million project with a roof structure designed to carry all 16 pre-existing railway tracks while the ground structure provides 2-lanes north bound and 1-lane south bound vehicular connections as well as one bicycle lane and one extra wide pedestrian sidewalk on each side of the tunnel. Morrison Hershfield provided the project management, design, contract administration and site engineering for this tunnel. (Completed in 2009)[9]
  • Highway 403 / Aberdeen Avenue Bridge - Rapid Bridge Replacement technology was used in the City of Hamilton, Canada for the first ever multi-span bridge replacement in North America. The replacement was completed in 51 hours. (Completed in 2010)[10]
  • Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine - Retained as the structural engineer for this 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, it is the first wind turbine built in North America in an extreme high altitude location and is expected to supply 25% of the Grouse Mountain resort’s electricity. (Completed in 2010)[11]
  • The Edmonton Transit System Centennial Garage - As prime consultant, managed a large multidisciplinary team to deliver a state-of-the-art LEED Silver certified 313,000-square-foot (29,100 m2) facility for the storage and maintenance of 250 regular and articulated buses. (Completed in 2010)[12]
  • The City Creek Center - Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Morrison Hershfield was retained for the building envelope work for two underground parking garages, five residential/office buildings, multiple retail stores, one building rehabilitation, and areas around and beneath the man-made stream and fountain areas. (Expected completion 2012)[13]
  • The Grand River Bridge - A Context Sensitive Design Workshop was conducted for the heritage Caledonia bridge in Ontario, Canada. A number of issues were found requiring action, included structural deficiencies, structural deterioration, insufficient roadside safety, foundation problems and inadequate hydraulics. (Expected completion 2012)[14]
  • Highway 401 / Hogg's Hollow Bridge - Lead consultants for a Total Project Management (TPM) Detailed Design assignment for the rehabilitation of a busy 14 lane highway bridge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Expected completion 2012)[15]
  • The Niagara Tunnel Project - Lead Consulting Engineer for the outside works including all tunnel intake works. (Expected completion 2013)[16]
  • The Detroit River International Crossing - One of three engineering firms that developed cost estimates for right of way and utility relocation; design and construction; and operation and maintenance on the Canadian side of the crossing. (Expected completion 2016)[17]


Intake works under construction for the Niagara Tunnel Project
  • Award of Merit, in the Consulting Engineers of British Columbia Awards for Engineering Excellence for the Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine.
    Morrison Hershfield provided the structural engineering services for this project, 2011[18]
  • Ontario Concrete Infrastructure Award, for the Dufferin Street widening and reconstruction project in Vaughan, Ontario, 2010[19]
  • R & D Magazine’s Lab of the Year Award, Special Mention for the Steacie Superlab at Carleton University, 2009[20]
  • Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the Water Resources and Energy Production Category, for the Niagara Tunnel Intake Works, 2008[21]
  • Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, Best Sustainable Practice Award for the EcoCalculator, 2008[22]
  • Employer Award for Career Enhancement and Success of Women as Technology Professionals, 2007[23]
  • Alberta Public Works Association, Project of the Year for Technical Innovation for the East Rocky View Regional Wastewater Utility Network, 2007[24]
  • Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the Project Management Category, for Alberta SuperNet, 2005[25]
  • Ontario Chapter of the American Public Works Association's, Public Works Project of the Year award in the Transportation Category, shared with the City of Ottawa and Canadian Pacific Railway for the O-Train project, 2003[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History of Morrison Hershfield". Archived from the original on 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  2. ^ "About Morrison Hershfield". Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  3. ^ Carson, Morrison; P. Hughes (1982). Professional Engineering Practice: Ethical Aspects. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited,Toronto. ISBN 0-07-548550-8.
  4. ^ "Structural Design of the lceberg Resistant Hibernia". Offshore Technology Conference, 5–8 May 1997, Houston, Texas. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  5. ^ "Alberta SuperNet General Info". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  6. ^ "Richmond Olympic Oval / Cannon Design". Alberta Norweg. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  7. ^ Highway 33 Roundabout, Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
  8. ^ "What Makes it Green?". Retrieved October 26, 2010.
  9. ^ SOME EXAMPLES OF TUNNELLING PROJECTS, Faculty of Engineering - The University of Western Ontario.
  10. ^ "MTO Rehabilitating Bridges Along Highway 403". Hamilton Mountain News. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  11. ^ "Construction nears completion on mountaintop wind turbine near Vancouver". Journal of Commerce. 2009-11-23. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  12. ^ Marta Gold (April 11, 2010). "ETS opens state-of-the-art garage". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  13. ^ "City Creek Center". Utah Tile & Roofing Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  14. ^ "Morrison Hershfield - Heritage Bridge Restoration". Archived from the original on 2010-07-15.
  15. ^ "Nighttime Roadwork in Toronto". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  16. ^ "Niagara Tunnel Project". Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  17. ^ "Report to the Legislature of the State of Michigan" (PDF). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  18. ^ "2011 CEBC Awards - Winning Projects". Consulting Engineers of British Columbia. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  19. ^ "Ontario projects awarded for concrete use". Construction Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  20. ^ "R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year Winners". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  21. ^ "Niagara Tunnel, Award of Excellence Category". Canadian Consulting Engineer. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  22. ^ "SBIC Announces Beyond Green Winners". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  23. ^ "ASTTBC Awards". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  24. ^ "Project of the Year for Technical Innovation". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  25. ^ "Award-Winning Teams 2005". Canadian Consulting Engineer. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  26. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-04-05.

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